The harmonious arrangement and quiet order of the World’s Columbian Exposition contrasted greatly with the city’s noise, dirt, and congestion. Could the busy commercial city be made as appealing?
Daniel Burnham, architect, planner, and primary author of the Plan of Chicago (left). Edward Bennett, coauthor of the Plan, oversaw many of its accomplishments in the 1910s and 1920s (right).
The Senate Park Commission, advised by Burnham, prepared a 1902 plan that reshaped the monumental core of Washington, D.C.
Burnham prepared a 1905 plan for San Francisco, but it received little attention after the city was destroyed in 1906 by earthquake and fire.